The Queen: 30 of the most inspiring and moving quotes from Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II made thousands of speeches during her 70-year reign.

Although the Queen, like all royals, was not allowed to share her views on politics, she still had plenty to say and plenty of encouragement and support to offer people across the UK and around the world. world.

Here are some of Her Majesty’s most memorable quotes from her time on the throne.

Inspirational Quotes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice. But I can do something else. I can give you my heart and my devotion for these ancient islands and for all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” – First televised Christmas broadcast, 1957.

“When peace comes, remember that it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place.” – Wartime broadcast with his younger sister, Princess Margaret, October 13, 1940. .

“I declare before all of you that my whole life, long or short, will be dedicated to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” Speech on the occasion of his 21st birthday, April 21, 1947, broadcast on the radio from Cape Town.

“I have sincerely committed myself to your service, as many of you are committed to mine. Throughout my life, and with all my heart, I will strive to be worthy of your trust.” – Speech on the day of his coronation, June 2, 1953.

“We know that the reward is peace on Earth, good will towards men, but we cannot earn it without determination and concerted effort.” – Christmas broadcast, 1963.

“It has been women who have instilled sweetness and care in the hard progress of humanity.” – Christmas broadcast, 1966.

Prince Edward and a pet corgi attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth II as the royal family posed in Frogmore Gardens, Windsor, in 1968.

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“We can have different points of view, but it is in times of stress and difficulty that we most need to remember that we have much more in common than what divides us.”Christmas broadcast, 1974.

“Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of wild and wayward youngsters, and of disagreements.” – Address to heads of state aboard the royal yacht Britannia, October 1989.

“He is someone who does not take compliments easily, but he has simply been my strength and support for all these years and I, his entire family, and this and many other countries, owe him a greater debt than he does. would have. never claim, or we will ever know. – Tribute to her husband, Prince Philip, in a speech on the occasion of his golden anniversary in London, November 20, 1997.

“No age group has a monopoly on wisdom and, in fact, I believe that young people can sometimes be wiser than us. But the older I get, the more aware I become of the difficulties that young people have to face when They learn to live in the world. modern world.” – Christmas broadcast, 1998.

“Pain is the price we pay for love.” – Speech of condolences to the families of the victims of 9/11.

“I think, young or old, we have just as much to look forward with confidence and hope as we have to look back with pride.” – Golden Jubilee speech, 2002.

The Queen meets performers on stage in Buckingham Palace Gardens, following the second concert to mark the Golden Jubilee

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“I know how much I rely on my own faith to guide me through good times and bad.” – Christmas broadcast, 2002.

“Every day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do the right thing, have a long-term vision, give my best in everything the day brings and put my trust in God. ” – Christmas broadcast, 2002.

“Our modern world demands so much time and attention that the need to remember our responsibilities to others is greater than ever.” – Christmas broadcast, 2002.

“The birth of a baby brings great happiness, but then the business of growing up begins.” – Christmas broadcast, 2006.

“When life seems hard, the brave don’t lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are even more determined to fight for a better future.” – Christmas broadcast, 2008.

“Over the years, I have found that some leadership attributes are universal and often consist of finding ways to encourage people to combine their efforts, their talents, their knowledge, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together “. – UN speech, 2010.

“It is through this lens of history that we must view the conflicts of today and thus give us hope for tomorrow.” – Christmas broadcast, 2011.

Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast last year

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“Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that sometimes we need to save ourselves from our recklessness or our greed.” – Christmas broadcast, 2011.

“Reflecting on these events makes me feel grateful for the blessings of home and family, and in particular for 70 years of marriage. I don’t know if anyone had invented the term ‘platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be here for so long. Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a bit, since, as he financially put it, ‘he’s done his share’.”Christmas broadcast, 2017.

“We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity, and love; of shared stories and memories, which is why, this time of year, so many return to where they grew up. There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home.” –Christmas broadcast, 2017.

“The wartime generation, my generation, is resilient.” – Speech on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, 2019.

“It’s worth remembering that it’s often the small steps, not the big leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.” – Christmas broadcast, 2019.

“While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join all the nations of the world in a common effort, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will be successful, and that success will belong to each of us.

“We should console ourselves that, although we still have more to bear, better days will come: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.” Televised speech on April 5, 2020, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Queen smiles as she visits the Chichester Theater in West Sussex

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“None of us can turn back time, and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.” – Speech delivered by Prince Edward, 2021, on behalf of the Queen.

“In the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have been greatly comforted by the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work, from across the country, the Commonwealth and the world. His sense of service, intellectual curiosity, and ability to wring fun out of any situation were irrepressible. That mischievous, inquisitive glow was just as bright at the end as it was when I first saw it.” – Christmas broadcast, 2021.

“As we commemorate this anniversary, I am pleased to renew to you the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be dedicated to your service. And so, as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this jubilee brings together families and friends, neighbors and communities, after difficult times for many of us, to enjoy the celebrations and reflect on the positive developments in our daily lives that so happily coincided with my reign.” –Message of February 6, 2022, on the occasion of his Platinum Jubilee.

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